By Scott Etkin
Pier i Café, the seasonal outdoor restaurant, has re-opened in Riverside Park (down by the water near 70th Street). “The Pat LaFreida burgers are back,” wrote the Pier i Team in an email to the WSR, referring to the New Jersey-based meat purveyor that has also been the longtime purveyor to Shake Shack. And there are “plenty of tables now that the restrictions have been lifted.” Some other highlights from the menu include: a Cape Cod lobster roll, chicken tenders, veggie burger, fish ‘n chips and Old Bay fries. The café, which has counter service only, will be open until November. (Thanks to Steffanie for the tip.)
This summer, Noi Due Gelato is opening next door to Noi Due Café, the kosher Italian restaurant, on Columbus between 83rd and 84th Street. The small shop will serve gelato and sorbet made from scratch, Noi Due wrote on Instagram, including dairy Cholov Yisroel, pareve and vegan options. There are also plans for “daily specials and unique holiday flavors.” The gelato shop expands Noi Due’s presence on the UWS, which also includes Noi Due Carne, at 141 West 69th Street, and Noi Due Pizza, at 43 West 69th Street. (Thanks to Amelia for the tip.)
Jet’s Pizza, a Detroit-style pizza chain, is coming to Amsterdam between 95th and 96th Street. Detroit-style pizza has a rectangular, thick crust. Jet’s uses dough made from “a proprietary blend of flour” and bakes it in steel pans, made in Detroit, that “retain and distribute heat evenly.” Jet’s was founded in Sterling Heights, MI in 1978 and now has hundreds of locations, including two already in NYC, across 19 states. The space used to be Sweety Angel Nail & Spa. (Thanks to Asad for the tip.)
A new Spectrum store is now open on Broadway between 83rd and 84th Street. Customers can get support for Internet, TV, mobile and voice services, as well as shop for devices and accessories. The hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10am to 8pm and Sunday, from noon to 5pm. The space used to be Chico’s, a women’s clothing store.